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Two soldiers killed and four others wounded after suspected Kurdish rebels detonate car bomb

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Two soldiers were killed in the attack
Two soldiers were killed in the attack

Two soldiers have been killed and four others wounded after suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb and opened fire at a police station in the eastern Turkish town of Lice.

The attack came after the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebel group threatened to no longer observe a truce, following Turkish air strikes on its positions in northern Iraq.

The car bomb went off as the soldiers were travelling on a road in the Lice district of the Diyarbakir province late yesterday, a statement from the Diyarbakir governor's office said.

"Two of our personnel were killed in the heinous attack, four were wounded," said the statement.

It said that large-scale operations have been launched to find the perpetrators.

The PKK had yesterday said that the conditions were no longer in place to observe a fragile ceasefire that has largely held since 2013.

It followed the heaviest Turkish air strikes on its positions in northern Iraq since 2011.

The PKK has for decades waged a deadly insurgency in the southeast of Turkey for self-rule that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

A peace process that began in 2013 has so far failed to yield a final deal.